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Johann Johannsson and Yair Elazar Glotman: Last and First Men Documentary and Soundtrack

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Both ambient and classical music have the power to transcend the boundaries and take the listener to otherworldly places. By blending these two seemingly different genres throughout his illustrious, potent but brief career, the late composer Johann Jóhannsson often managed to evoke difficult and complicated to describe emotions in his music. This prolific and groundbreaking composer ...

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Toggi Jonsson

Þorgrímur “Toggi” Jónsson, bassplayer has been a major part of the Icelandic jazz seen for the last 20 years. Has played with with some of the best-known musicians in Iceland an also some of the many foreign musicians that have visited Iceland in recent years. 2016 Toggi released his own CD including 10 original compositions performed by his own band including some of the finest musicians in Iceland. His music is under influences from the Balkans, pop music as well as European jazz. Thoughtful and melodic compositions are at the forfront showcasing the strenghts of his quintet

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Vikingur Olafsson: Music Can Take Us To A Better Place

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The Icelandic classical pianist Vikingur Olafsson has built an impressive international career. Sought after by top orchestras and major concert venues worldwide, his records are published by the renowned Deutsche Gramophone. Olafsson's playing impresses with its brilliance, projection and exactitude, eliciting an impressive range and diversity of colors from his piano. On the other hand, Olafsson ...

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Hildur Gudnadottir: Telling Stories with Music

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Musician and composer Hildur Gudnadottir has spent the past decade creating some of the most unique and indelible music and film scores in modern memory. Much like her fellow Icelanders Jóhann Jóhannsson and Ólafur Arnalds, Gudnadóttir has been composing weighty and layered ambiances and soundscapes. Her solo work obliterates the line between contemporary classical music and ...

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Reykjavik Jazz Festival 2018

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Reykjavik Jazz Festival Reykjavik, Iceland September 5-9, 2018 Iceland has produced, and continues to produce, many outstanding artists--some of them world-famous, such as Björk, Múm, Sigur Rós, Ólafur Arnalds, Gus Gus, Emiliana Torrini, Of Monsters and Men--which is quite remarkable if one thinks that the country has less than 350,000 inhabitants. 130,000 ...

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Reykjavik Jazz Festival 2018

Read "Reykjavik Jazz Festival 2018" reviewed by Luca Vitali

Reykjavik Jazz Festival Reykjavik, Islanda 5-9.9.2018 L'Islanda ha prodotto, e produce, una grande quantità di artisti, alcuni dei quali molto conosciuti a livello internazionale come Björk, Múm, Sigur Ros, Ólafur Arnalds, Gus Gus, Emiliana Torrini, Of Monsters and Men... il che, a pensarci bene, ha dell'incredibile, se pensiamo che il ...

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Sigmar Matthíasson

Sigmar Matthiasson is a man of many names but the one most fitting is the Bass Viking. His sound is best described as a magnificent blend of hardcore groove and colorful melodies with influences ranging from Megadeth and Led Zeppelin to Jaco Pastorius and Ray Brown. Born in Reykjavik, Iceland, Sigmar started playing bass around the age of 16. He was first introduced to jazz when studying at the F.I.H. School of Music where he graduated from in 2012. Later on Sigmar furthered his jazz studies at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York, where he studied with Jeff Carney, Reggie Workman and Hal Galper among others

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Ingi Bjarni Skúlason

Ingi Bjarni Skúlason is a pianist/composer of considerable distinction and finesse, creatively seeking to shun boundaries in style or genre. Across our forever-united European musical landscape, he builds collaborations that challenge and excite, including projects with friends and colleagues in the Scandinavian countries he has lived in and whose open, artistic culture is closely entwined with that of his Icelandic homeland. This singular musician’s focus produces original works which, while informed by jazz tradition, Nordic folksong and electronica, rise up from a wellspring of meticulously-shaped imaginings – ideas inspired by relentlessly searching improvisation, as well as the people he interacts with in daily life, and also the wonders of the natural environment. Embracing the infinitely explorable world of the classic jazz piano trio, Skúlason’s first two major albums – Skarkali (2015) and Fundur (2018) – invited listeners into a realm of spacial freedom and vibrant expression; and latest recording Tenging expands horizons further with a sparkling quintet (trumpet, guitar, piano, bass and drums) which weaves even greater textures and possibilities into his increasing musical vision. Intuition is uppermost in the pianist’s quest: “The excitement is in not really knowing! So rather than intentionally sitting down to compose, I investigate ideas and improvise at length

Marina & Mikael

MARÍNA & MIKAEL is an Amsterdam based vocal/guitar duet. Both coming from Iceland and studying in Amsterdam, they decided to jam and from there, there was no turning back; They've been playing together since December 2014. In January 2016 they started working on a project. The idea was to arrange jazz standards acoustically with the idea of them sounding like the duet had written them themselves. Mikael did most of the arranging while Marína wrote new lyrics for each song, in Icelandic. Together they settled on details and ended up with 8 ready-to-play arranged songs. Each song got a fresh perspective, a new story and a new sound

Iceland

Label: Tutl Records
Released: 2016
Track listing: Miles Beyond; Desire; Pacifizism; Gróthúsvatn; Iceland; Gamlarætt; Corazon de Cuba; Tough Goin'; Port of Thor; The Wren and the Raven.


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